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Subject: Cozy mystery search question.
Date Posted: 9/12/2009 4:46 PM ET
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I'm sort of new to the mystery genre.  I've been reading cozies for about a year and a half (give or take).  I spend a lot of time in the BB, and when I search some of the larger shelfs, I find I have to scroll thru a lot of mysteries that don't qualify as cozies, and, I'm not interested in thrillers, or police procedurals, and etc.  I do pick the Mystery & Thriller search option, then one step further, the Mystery option, but a lot of mysteries that don't qualify as cozies are still there, to scroll thru. 

Am I missing something or is there no further way to narrow my search to just "cozy mysteries".  I have tried a word search, but it doesn't work. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 4:55 PM ET
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I was going to suggest Mystery/Thrillers/Mystery/Women Sleuths  (which is a search genre)  but you do not have the last option (women sleuths).  I think the keyword search is only good for books that have been tagged cozy or women sleuths, so you would miss out on many.  I would suggest searching for authors or titles.  You can try this website Cozy-Mystery.com  or Mystery Website to provide some ideas to author's and tiles.  Good Luck!

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 4:56 PM ET
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I don't think there is a way to do this, unfortunately.  The genre listings come from Amazon (mostly) and aren't that fInely tuned.  This is a perfect example of a time where being able to search by tag would be really useful.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 5:36 PM ET
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Thank you.

Yes, when I know of an author or series I'm specifically looking for, then I do a word search, and that is helpful, but being somewhat new to the genre, I like to see what's out there.  It's fun to find a shelf that is doing a deal, and they've got some cozies I've never read or heard of.  I just hate scrolling thru 55 thrillers to locate 5 cozies on a shelf.

Well, I know now I'm not missing something with my searches.  I have tried putting in the word "cozy", but it doesn't work very well.  It will, as an example, pull up 3 books, then I go back and search without that word, just under "mystery" and find 20 cozies.  Not sure what makes those 3 books (or however many) stand out in the search, and not the rest of them, but it does make it an inefficent way to search. 

Ok, thanks again.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 5:42 PM ET
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Julie, I find the mystery genre searches very frustrating.  I I've found that when I search someone's shelf for all mysteries and then go back and look at all of their books, there are mysteries that didn't show up in the mystery search.  I rarely read thrillers, so I try to just search for general mysteries, but that doesn't work at all.  And very few police procedurals show up under that category either.  If you're looking for cozies or police procedurals you pretty much have to know what you're looking for ahead of time.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 5:44 PM ET
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I read alot of cozies too so I can see the appeal to this.  But since I also ready mysteries/thrillers It didnt' bother me not to have another way to reduce the results. You could suggest to the TPTB that they add cozies to the genre search options.

 

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 5:46 PM ET
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Some people have been tagging cozies but that doesn't help much when you are browsing someone's shelf.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:05 PM ET
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PBS uses a outside source for this information - when the outside source updates their information the information is updated in the database.  PBS recommends using tagging and wiki which how to use can be located in the help docs.  I know disappointing because I would like to see one for paranormal. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:08 PM ET
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I don't think TPTB can edit the genres.  I'm pretty sure they are a part of he database packages they purchase from Amazon and other sources and can't be modified. 

Maybe suggsting a change to Amazon would work, and the change would trickle down to PBS.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 8:16 PM ET
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I'm glad I'm not alone.  Sometimes I post a question and think I'll be all alone with my "problem".  LOL